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Mint’s Aaron Patzer Launches Beta Version Of An On-Demand Answers App With $4 Million In Funding From Shasta And First Round

techcrunch.com — Aaron Patzer, the founder and former CEO of Mint is placing his next bet with the on-demand info space. He and co-founder Jean Sini (another former Minter) are launching the beta of Fountain, an app that gives you advice from a curated set of experts.
Oct 23, 2014

Mint’s Aaron Patzer Launches On-Demand Answers App With $4 Million Series A From Shasta, First Round tcrn.ch/1z1mt2S via @techcrunch

Oct 23, 2014

His own Ethan app >> RT @TechCrunch: Mint's Aaron Patzer Launches On-Demand Answers App With $4 Million In Funding tcrn.ch/1z1mt2S

German Publishers Bow To Google’s Market Power In Ongoing Text Snippets Fight

techcrunch.com — A tug of war between Google and German publishers over how online news content is displayed in search results has ended in surrender (for now) for the publishers - who have grudgingly agreed the search giant can display snippets of their content without paying them for the privilege of doing so.
Oct 23, 2014

Finally >> German Publishers Bow To Google’s Market Power In Ongoing Text Snippets Fight tcrn.ch/1wejoeC via @techcrunch

Oct 23, 2014

German publishers bow to Google’s market power in ongoing text snippets fight (@riptari via @TechCrunch) ow.ly/Ddq9G #MustReads

Oct 23, 2014

German publishers surrender, end up in right place by accident: tcrn.ch/1uK6nns

Ello Raises $5.5 Million, Legally Files As Public Benefit Corp. Meaning No Ads Ever

techcrunch.com — Ello.co, the ad-free social media network which blew up last month, has nabbed $5.5 million in venture capital funding even as it plants a legal flag in the ground that the company will never make money from selling ads or user data and that no acquirer can do so either.

Zuckerberg Speaks Chinese, Internet Soils Itself

techcrunch.com — Mark Zuckerberg may only own one hoodie, as far as we can tell, but he is multilingual. The Facebook founder was interviewed at business school Tsinghua University today and answered all questions in Mandarin, to the delight of the audience and the relief of Renee Zellweger, who is probably happy that the Internet now has something to talk about besides her face.
Oct 23, 2014

Kudos to Zuck for his "toddler" Chinese -- learning Asian languages while juggling work & living in West ain't easy tcrn.ch/1rleTZ1

Oct 23, 2014

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Oct 23, 2014

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Oct 23, 2014

RT @TechCrunch: Zuckerberg Speaks Chinese, Internet Soils Itself tcrn.ch/1rleTZ1 by @catherineshu

Uber Partners With Vaccine Finder To Bring A Free Flu Shot To You

techcrunch.com — The flu is more deadly than ebola and yet a simple vaccine could save your life. In that breath, Uber has partnered with Vaccine Finder to deliver a registered nurse and a vaccine kit for up to 10 people - of course on demand.

Facebook Launches Pseudonymous App “Rooms” That Lets You Create Forums About Any Topic

techcrunch.com — It's not quite anonymous, but forums standalone app Rooms is Facebook's first product that allows you to ditch your real name. Rooms lets you set up a mobile-only in-app discussion space about any topic, customize the look and moderation settings, set a screen name for the room, and choose who to invite to share text, photos, videos, and comments with others in the Room.
Oct 23, 2014

RT @TechCrunch: Facebook Launches Pseudonymous App "Rooms" That Lets You Create Forums About Any Topic tcrn.ch/ZP0JIl by @joshconstine

Android Wear Update Adds Offline Music, Bluetooth Headphone And GPS Support

techcrunch.com — Android Wear is getting its first big update, with features that make smartwatches using Google's wearable operating system more standalone devices, including music syncing and GPS location support. That means if you leave your watch at home while you go out for a jog, you've still got access to sweet jams, and your watch can still tell you where you are, and how to get home.

Hardware Battlefield Applications Close In A Week

techcrunch.com — Stop procrastinating and fill out your application for Hardware Battlefield. The show is set to be even better than last year with participating startups getting free exhibition space at the 2015 International CES and competing for $50,000 and the coveted Metal Man trophy.
Oct 23, 2014

Hardware Battlefield is rad. Do it. “@TechCrunch: Hardware Battlefield Applications Close In A Week tcrn.ch/1FJmYjE by @mjburnsy

Galvanize Announces GalvanizeU, A Year-Long Bootcamp That Gives You A Master’s Degree

techcrunch.com — Today, tech education startup Galvanize is announcing that in January 2015 it will begin offering a program that, while formatted like a dev bootcamp focused on giving practical skills needed to land a job as a data scientist, also gives you an accredited Master of Engineering degree in a year.
Oct 23, 2014

Galvanize Announces GalvanizeU, A Year-Long Bootcamp That Gives You A Master’s Degree tcrn.ch/1wrsSQg via @techcrunch

StumbleUpon’s 5by Relaunches As An App For Chatting About Online Videos With Friends

techcrunch.com — 5by, the video recommendation startup that became StumbleUpon's first acquisition last fall, is relaunching its mobile apps for iOS and Android today with a slightly different focus: instead of only helping users find online videos that match their mood, 5by's new apps are meant to encourage users to seek out videos for themselves, get a head's up about the next viral videos before they go big, and, most importantly, chat with friends about the videos they're watching in real-time.
Oct 23, 2014

StumbleUpon’s 5by Relaunches As An App For Chatting About Online Videos With Friends: ift.tt/1sTPNTU

A Random Walk Through Hardware Alley

techcrunch.com — Where else in the world can you see a 3D printer named after a simian, a 2000-core super chip, and an inexpensive hearing test in the same room? Hardware Alley at Disrupt London, that's where. I love visiting the hardware booths at Disrupt and this event was no exception.

Luxe Aims To Solve San Franciscans’ Parking Woes

techcrunch.com — The situation was already bad when I first moved to San Francisco with my Jeep Cherokee three years ago. The hills were enough with the clutch, but one too many times spent looking for parking for more than an hour in my own neighborhood and my once useful Utah snow vehicle was sold to a nice old man in the East Bay.
Oct 23, 2014

Luxe Aims To Solve San Franciscans’ Parking Woes tcrn.ch/1xda5bv via @techcrunch

AWS Expands Its European Footprint With Frankfurt Data Center

techcrunch.com — Amazon today announced that it has opened the second data center for its AWS cloud computing service in Europe. The new Frankfurt region follows in the footsteps of the company's operations in Ireland, which launched back in 2007.
Oct 23, 2014

RT @TechCrunch: AWS Expands Its European Footprint With Frankfurt Data Center tcrn.ch/1D1em3M by @fredericl

Google Inbox Invite Hits eBay

techcrunch.com — On a scale from one to ten, how desperate are you to try out Google's new Inbox app? Would you pay for it? eBay user bpatel90, who has listed the invite on the online auction platform, will sell you an invite right now for around $50.

Disrupt London Finalist Photomath Rockets To The Top Of The App Store

techcrunch.com — Have you tried Photomath yet? It's brilliant. It's a camera app that solves math equations. Just point and solve. The company launched the app earlier this week at Disrupt London, and yesterday, unseated Facebook Message to become the top free on the App Store.
Oct 23, 2014

Disrupt London Finalist Photomath Rockets To The Top Of The App Store tcrn.ch/1wqXVfd #TCDisrupt #Boom

Tencent Leads $350M Investment In China’s Koudai Gouwu, A Mobile-Focused Rival To Alibaba

techcrunch.com — Alibaba's record-breaking US IPO may give the impression that the company has the e-commerce market in China sewn up, but there are plenty of fast-growing competitors with an eye on disrupting the top dog. Koudai Gouwu (known as Pocket Shopping in English) is one such company, and it just announced a significant $350 million Series C funding round, as Technode first spotted.
Oct 23, 2014

Tencent Leads $350M Investment In China’s Koudai Gouwu, A Mobile-Focused Rival To Alibaba tcrn.ch/1pDWrKv via @techcrunch

Oct 23, 2014

What a week for VC. Tencent Leads $350M Injection In China’s Koudai Gouwu, Mobile-Focused Alibaba Rival tcrn.ch/1pDWrKv /@techcrunch

Oct 23, 2014

Tencent just backed another startup that rivals Alibaba — here’s why Koudai Gouwu’s $350M funding round is important tcrn.ch/1pDWrKv